The event was co-sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As part of the finalization of the future Legal Guide, the purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness and to receive feedback from stakeholders in Latin America, including investors’ legal counsels, government officials, non-governmental organisations, academics and private sector representatives. The workshop gathered together 40 participants from several Latin American countries including Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
The workshop was co-Chaired by Professors from USP’s Civil and Commercial Law Departments (José Simão and Paula Forgioni). The program included an introduction to the ALIC Guide by the UNIDROIT Secretary-General (Ignacio Tirado) and two sessions of discussions on agricultural land investment contracts in Brazil and Latin America with speakers from FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (Rolf Hackbart); the Country Director of IFAD in Brazil (Claus Reiner); the vice-president of the Brazilian Rural Society (Francisco de Godoy Bueno); a member of the ALIC Working Group (Priscila Pereira de Andrade); the Coordinator of the Graduate Course on Agricultural Law and AgriBusiness of the Superior School of the Public Prosecution Office (Antonio Zanette); an International Investment Law Professor from the Center University of Brasília (Nitish Monebhurrum); a Private Law Professor from USP-Ribeirão Preto (Flavia Trentini) and a Law Professor from Getulio Vargas Foundation (Rabih Nasser).
Participants acknowledged the importance of the ALIC Guide and shared their views on how it may positively impact agricultural land investment contracts negotiated in the region, as well as suggested topics that may require further consideration.